Leeds Rhinos: New regime has been breath of fresh air - Senior

Veteran Keith Senior feels "refreshed" by Leeds Rhinos' new coaching regime.

Brian McDermott – who took over from Brian McClennan two months ago – is Senior's sixth coach since he joined Leeds towards the end of the 1999 campaign.

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And the former Great Britain centre feels the change has benefited

Rhinos as they look to get back among the trophies in 2011.

"It is fresh," said Senior. "With a new coaching set-up everything has been thrown out of the window and it is all new.

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"It is good for us, it stimulates the mind. We are having to get our heads round new calls and new plays, that type of thing. It is progressing slowly, but Brian's bringing in his mentality and his ideas on attack and defence, so this pre-season has been a bit different to a normal one.

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"We haven't just been flogged, it hasn't just been boring running and fitness. As soon as we were in we did a little bit of testing then we had ball in hand straight away.

"That's something a bit different to what normally happens in pre-season."

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Senior is recovering from shoulder surgery and will not feature in Saturday's re-arranged charity game at home to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

But he has been in from the start of training and he said: "This is one of my first full pre-seasons and it has been enjoyable.

"It is very refreshing to have a change in structure and to go away from the norm.

"Brian is a very complex character and he is very passionate. He has got a theory on everything, that's the type of bloke he is. He thinks about things all the time."

With only Ryan Hall on international duty last autumn, Rhinos' have had virtually a full squad in at training since preparations began in mid-November.

"That is great and it can only benefit the club," stated Senior.

"We are still missing Bedsy (Danny Buderus) who isn't back from Australia until the new year, but Ben Cross arrived before Christmas and it is great to have nearly a full squad in training so early.

"Ryan Hall came back a week early and we've also got some young kids who have come into the squad this year, so that has been really positive.

"With everything changing on the coaching side, having everybody together so early is really going to benefit the team."

But he has been in from the start of training and he said: "This is one of my first full pre-seasons and it has been enjoyable.

"It is very refreshing to have a change in structure and to go away from the norm.

"Brian is a very complex character and he is very passionate. He has got a theory on everything, that's the type of bloke he is. He thinks about

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